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Pageant releases Little Miss and Mini Miner candidates

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Next to the Black Diamond Days Pageant, the next fan favorite is the Little Mister and Mini Miner pageant. The little beauties and gents from the area will gather in the Gillespie Civic Center on Saturday, June 8 at 6pm to strut their stuff in front of the crowd.

The event is free to enter and winners will be selected by the amount of money each candidate brings in. Each candidate has their box at a particular business where citizens can start showing their support with penny donations; of course any other donation is welcome too.

The money raised from the event goes toward a savings bond for two winners. “Most of the money goes toward the scholarship and the rest usually covers the parade,” Tobi Libbra, Black Diamond Days Committee president, said.

During the event, candidates will be on stage with their biographies playing over the speakers. Candidates will fill their bios out containing information about their pets, their hobbies, their family, and what they want to be when they grow up. It’s a fun, cute evening for all who take part.

Libbra went on to add she is thankful they get to do something good with the proceeds taken in from the pageant. This is the first year the Black Diamond Days Committee is offering a scholarship to a GHS graduate, and it is made possible through this event.

Enough of the event, let’s meet the candidates:

Lucy Beckett

 

Lucy Beckett

Lucy Beckett is the daughter of Allison and Paul Beckett and the granddaughter of Gay and Glenn Farrar and Joan Beckett. Vote for Lucy at Miner’s Restaurant in Gillespie.

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Scarlet Bruhn

 

 

 

Scarlet Bruhn

Scarlet Bruhn is the daughter of Seth and Kellie Bruhn and the granddaughter of Jeff and Tracy Shaw, Barry Smith, Gina Bruhn, and Curt and Nyla Bruhn. Vote for Scarlett at Ageless.

 

 

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Gabe Cooper

 

 

Gabe Cooper

Gabe Cooper is the son of Josh and Judy Melchert and Ted Cooper and the grandson of Clarence and Ina Chism, Dennis Melchert, June Bray and Avery Cooper. Vote for Gabe at the United Community Bank in Gillespie.

 

 

 

Brookelynn Crotchett

 

 

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Brookelynn Crotchett

Brookelynn Crotchett is the daughter of Tiffany McCracken and Rich Crotchett and the granddaughter of Kathy and James McCoig, Michael Crotchett, and Kimberly Jones. Vote for Brookelyn at Casey’s in Benld.

 

 

Lanie Fritz

Lanie Fritz

Lanie Fritz is the granddaughter Kathleen Cox and Stanley Katich, Bill Claro, Tianna and Emil Fritz, and Buzzy and Barb Cox. Vote for Lanie at Randy’s Market in Benld.

 

 

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Levi Hughes

 

 

Levi Hughes

Levi Hughes is the son of Allie Virga and Cody Hughes and the grandson of Nicole Kellogg and Mike Forsyth. Vote for Levi at TJ’s in Benld.

 

 

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Cheyenne Sarti

Cheyenne Sarti

Cheyenne Sarti is the daughter of Joe and Angie Sarti and the granddaughter of Steve and Loretta Sarti and Tianna and Emil Fritz. Vote for Cheyenne at Koniak’s bar in Benld.

 

 

 

 

Helaina Scott

 

 

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Helaina Scott

Helaina Scott is the daughter of Brad and Jennifer Scott and the granddaughter of Ed and Christine Scott and Larry and Pam Ramsey. Vote for Helaina at Casey’s in Gillespie.

 

 

Ava Segarra

Ava Segarra

Ava Segarra is the daughter of Matt and Angela Segarra and the granddaughter of Robert and Margaret Segarra and Alberto and Roberta Soler. Vote for Ava at Shell in Gillespie.

 

 

 

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Codey Rhodes-Smith

 

 

Codey Rhodes-Smith

Codey Rhodes-Smith is the son of Jessica Smith and the grandson of Donald Smith. Vote for Codey at Randy’s Market in Gillespie.

 

 

 

Richetti Stewart

Richetti Stewart

Richetti Stewart is the son of Amanda McCoig and Reece Stewart and the grandson of Kathy and James McCoig and David and Terrie Stolis. Vote for Richetti at Family Dollar in Benld.

 

 

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Emilee Wendling

 

 

 

Emilee Wendling

Emilee Wendling is the daughter of Elizabeth Wasylenko and the granddaughter of Ed and Chris Wasylenko. Vote for Emilee at Moto Mart in Gillespie.

 

 

 

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Macoupin County Courthouse News

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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